May 27th – Saturday

When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. – Proverbs 16:7

The Marine Telegraph in California was completed on this day in 1854. This marked a tremendous milestone in communication and transportation history. This telegraph line system connected Fort Point – the entrance to San Francisco Bay – to San Francisco. With its completion, it allowed for “near-instant” communication between the two locations – faster transmittance of information, orders, and news – especially with the population growth due to the gold rush. Multiple telegraph stations were positioned along the coast and linked by underwater cables. These stations were staffed by operators who transmitted messages using Morse code. Another purpose for the Marine Telegraph was to aid in maritime navigation and safety. Ships now had a means of communicating with the shore and other nearby vessels in the dangerous, foggy waters of the San Francisco Bay.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For the chair and members of the Federal Communications Commission as they propose and enforce regulations on broadcasting and transmission.
  • For U.S. federal officials who oversee telecommunications and the advancement of technology.

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